What I’ve learned from writing 200 positivity posts.
It was a quiet fall morning. I was sitting at my L-shaped desk in my office, completely unmotivated to do my job. My mind was swirling with thoughts of everything except for the bookkeeping tasks in front of me.
The day before, I spent some time scrolling through a bipolar group on Facebook.
My heart hurt for the number of people who were terrified about the end of the year approaching. Several commented about how they didn’t think they could handle the holiday season and all the stress that it would bring. In the weeks before, I’d received similar comments from several of my readers.
I thought to myself, There’s got to be a way to help these people. There has to be something I can do.
My dream was a simple collection of positive stories that would help my readers get through the last months of the year. Like most of my content, I figured it would get some attention and then get forgotten as we crossed into the new year.
How wrong I was.
Starting With a Small Group
About 50 of you joined me for those first days of the 30 Days Course. Another 150 joined in the following months, and most of you have stuck with me since.
What started as a 30-day experiment evolved into the Speaking Bipolar Positivity Club. Now, instead of just 30 posts, there are over 200.
If you would have told me on that fall day two years ago that I would write 200 positivity posts, I would have laughed hysterically. I knew I wanted to write 30, but even that seemed like a huge stretch goal.
Did I really have it in me to write 30 positive things? Apparently I did, and another 200 after that.
One of my favorite things about the Positivity Club is that every post includes unique inspirational quotes, journal prompts, and creative writing prompts.
My once sad heart is now full of pride as I think of all I’ve accomplished in the months since the start. I hope the content is proving helpful to you.Start Today!
The Bigger Lesson
Too often in life, we think that we’re incapable of doing more.
We want to help others, but we feel we have to make some giant gesture before we can do any good. The enormity of the possibilities holds us stuck, so we fail to even try.
You’ll never know if you can climb your mountain until you take the first steps up the path. Maybe you can’t reach the top, but maybe you can. Refusing to try only guarantees you will never touch the summit.
I started the 30 Days Course with the idea of 30 things that make me happy. I knew with a little time and effort, I could come up with 30 things to make the list.
What I didn’t realize was after I started writing, there were a ton of other positivity stories inside my head. Right now, there’s probably another hundred sitting in my drafts folder, just waiting to be edited and published.
My mountain was climbable. Yours may be too.
If there is something you’ve been thinking about doing that you’ve been putting off because you think you might not be successful, I encourage you to try it. Take the first step up your mountain this week. Maybe you won’t succeed, but maybe you will.
No matter what, you’ll learn important lessons that will help you try new things in the future. You’re more capable than you may think you are, so never sell yourself short. Don’t let the illness or anything else hold you back.
There are so many possibilities in life, so many mountains to climb. You’ll never know what you can do until you try and pursue good habits. So get out there and get started. If you need additional help, consider joining a support group.
Until next time, keep fighting.